CONWAY — The Grant Writing Academy is offering an opportunity to learn the practice of preparing proposals to bring in funding to support needed projects in the nonprofit arena. It is a seminar suited for both the beginner who is prepared for a thorough overview of the fund-raising process as well as for the more experienced practitioner who seeks to build a stronger knowledge base.This Seminar is being sponsored by Mount Washington Valley Promotions and will take place in two sessions in North Conway Friday, March 22, and Monday, April 29.
Writing a grant is just one of the many tasks involved in the overall process of securing funding from a foundation, corporation, or other philanthropy. The process includes research, fact finding, relationship building and stewardship. It also requires an understanding of strategy to make sure that the funding you seek will not only address the need you plan to address, but also strengthen the capacity of your organization to accomplish its overall mission.
Participants will gain an understanding of the steps involved in:
• Identifying prospective funding sources.
• Recognizing the importance of a comprehensive fund raising plan.
• Developing a targeted approach to seek support.
• Approaching potential funding sources and preparing overtures.
• Writing proposals in formats adapted to meet the expectations of the grant maker.
• Maintaining a commitment to follow through in your development efforts.
Christos J. Gianopoulos is an independent consultant who advises leaders in the business world, government, and in the non-profit arena. Gianopoulos got his start working with foundations when he served as staff to the Urban Crisis Fund, of Syracuse, N.Y. Gianopoulos serves as adjunct faculty in philosophy to the University of Maine system. Gianopoulos has taught a graduate level course in Grant Writing and Development in the Nonprofit Organization at the Muskie School of Public Service since 1997. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College with graduate degrees from American and Syracuse Universities. He is former Selectman in the Town of Greene, Maine, and he served as Chairperson of the Town’s Planning Board. Gianopoulosalso served as chair of the C. G. Jung Center board of directors in Brunswick, Maine.
Space is limited and the cost is $125 per person for both sessions. To register, or to inquire, contact Lisa DuFault at374-6241.